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Rebecca Kleefisch

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Rebecca Kleefisch
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Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorBarbara Lawton (D)
Base salary$76,261
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$2,305,981
Term limitsNone
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Date of birthOctober 8, 1975
Place of birthMilwaukee, Wisconsin
ReligionEvangelical Christianity
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Rebecca Kleefisch (b. August 7, 1975) is the 44th and current Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. A Republican, she was first elected November 2, 2010, on a ticket with Gov. Scott Walker. It was her first foray into politics.[1]

Kleefisch and Walker faced, and won, separate recall elections on June 5, 2012, that stemmed from their support for a law restricting collective bargaining rights. Kleefisch is the first and only lieutenant governor to face a recall.[2][3]

Kleefisch's term has focused mainly on jobs and veterans issues. She has been credited with coining the phrase "Wisconsin is Open for Business" and serves as the state's "Jobs Ambassador," leading the Governor's Small Business Summits.[4]

Kleefisch ran for re-election on November 4, 2014.[5] Rebecca Kleefisch won the general election on November 4, 2014.


Kleefisch was born in the State of Michigan to David and Marijo Reed. Kleefisch also grew up in Northwest Ohio before moving to Wisconsin. Rebecca's father David was the Vice President of Marketing for the Butler Corporation, which made envelopes, while her mother Marijo was an Interior Designer.[6]

Kleefisch attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication in 1997.[7][8] After graduating from college, Rebecca began her Journalism career as a reporter for WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois.[6] Kleefisch continued her career as a reporter for WISN-TV in Milwaukee.[6] The former journalist was noted for her coverage at WISN of the 2002 Milwaukee County Pension Scandal. The scandal resulted the recalls of County Board Chairwoman Karen Ordains, along with County Board Supervisor Kathleen Arciszewski. Also, former County Executive Tom Ament resigned.[6]

Kleefisch left WISN-TV in 2004 to be a full-time mother after giving birth to her first child.[6] She later formed her own marketing company before briefly returning to journalism in 2009 as a correspondent for WTMJ radio in Milwaukee. In 2010, Kleefisch announced her run for Lieutenant Governor.[9]


  • B.A., journalism, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (2011-Present)

Kleefisch has served as Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin since 2011. She survived a recall election on June 5, 2012.

Kleefisch has defined her main duty as being the state's "job ambassador." She went on to describe her role, saying, "I get paid to facilitate job creation and workforce preparedness, among other duties. With few constitutional responsibilities, the Wisconsin lieutenant governor can be nimble enough to focus on the most pressing issues and policy priorities of our state at any given time."[10]



See also: Wisconsin Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Kleefisch ran for re-election as Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor in 2014.[5] Kleefisch won the Republican nomination without opposition in the primary on August 12. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch Incumbent 52.3% 1,259,706
     Democrat Mary Burke/John Lehman 46.6% 1,122,913
     Libertarian Robert Burke/Joseph Brost 0.8% 18,720
     Independent Dennis Fehr 0.3% 7,530
     Nonpartisan Scattering 0.1% 1,248
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 200
Total Votes 2,410,317
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.


See also: Rebecca Kleefisch recall, Wisconsin (2012)

Kleefisch defeated Mahlon Mitchell (D) in a recall election on June 5, 2012. She was unopposed in the primary on May 8.

Recall of Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRebecca Kleefisch Incumbent 52.9% 1,301,739
     Democratic Mahlon Mitchell 47% 1,156,520
     Scattering - 0.1% 3,077
Total Votes 2,461,336
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

An effort to recall Kleefisch was launched on November 15, 2011. Supporters turned in approximately 845,000 signatures on January 17, 2012, and on March 30, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board unanimously certified about 809,000 of them.[11]


  • Tea Party Express[12]


See also: Wisconsin lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Kleefisch defeated four other candidates in the September 14 primary. She faced Tom Nelson (D) and Terry Virgil (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Kleefisch ran on the same ticket with Scott Walker and won the election.

Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch 52.2% 1,128,941
     Democratic Tom Barrett/Tom Nelson 46.5% 1,004,303
     Independent Jim Langer/No candidate 0.5% 10,608
     Libertarian No candidate/Terry Virgil 0.3% 6,790
     Common Sense James James/No candidate 0.4% 8,273
     Independent Leslie Ervin Smetak/David Myron Smetak 0% 19
     Independent Patricia Messici/No candidate 0% 22
     Independent Hari Trivedi/No candidate 0% 18
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,858
Total Votes 2,160,832
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Campaign contributions

Comprehensive donor information for Kleefisch is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kleefisch raised a total of $2,305,981 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.[13]

Rebecca Kleefisch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Won $1,919,699
2010 Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Won $386,282
Grand Total Raised $2,305,981


Kleefisch won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in 2012. During that election cycle, Kleefisch raised a total of $1,191,699.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Renecca Kleefisch's donors each year.[14] Click [show] for more information.


Rebecca is married to her husband Joel Kleefisch who is currently a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. The Kleefisch's reside in Oconomowoc.[6]

Contact information

Capitol Address:
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
19 East, State Capitol
P.O. Box 2043
Madison, WI 53702

Phone: (608) 266-3516
FAX: (608) 267-3571

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Lawton (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
2011 - present
Succeeded by